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Attila the Hun
By Mehmet Kaya: Tuesday 23rd May, 2017

What do Attila the Hun and robotics have in common?

“Industrial automation and robots are coming to get your job.” Well, history seems to be repeating itself. When I was reading the reports recently from Oxford Martin School’s program, The Guardian and many other respected sources about automation and robotics related job losses, I couldn’t help remembering Attila the Hun. These reports conclude that around […]

Vlog - James W
By James Westley: Tuesday 16th May, 2017

Vlog: Condition and performance monitoring

With an aging stock of manufacturing equipment, how can we improve reliability? James Westley, Senior Engineer within our Mechanical and Analytical group, discusses how low cost sensors and clever algorithms could provide an answer. Transcript There are a lot of old machines in the world today, in fact we have an aging population of machines […]

By Isobel Ashbey: Monday 15th May, 2017

Could a penguin swim in treacle?

Could a penguin swim in treacle? You may think that it could move just the same as it does in water. Maybe it just goes slower? Or takes longer to get up to speed? To understand this scenario we have to look at an issue known as the scallop theorem. Swimming has evolved independently a […]

Ford muscle car
By Chris Rosser: Wednesday 10th May, 2017

Science-led innovation: the fast and the furious

“Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable” – Brian Greene It can often be difficult to resolve the contradiction between the rigour and discipline of an engineering design process and the boundless creativity required […]

Circular economy
By Catherine Joce: Thursday 27th April, 2017

The circular economy: why and how?

Having introduced the circular economy in my first blog on this topic and considered the adoption of its thinking by some big names and start-ups, I now consider the why and how of adopting this thinking. Perhaps the question is not why are businesses showing an interest in these schools of thought, but why now? […]

Smart Home
By Tom Fry: Monday 17th April, 2017

How much energy is your home consuming? And where is it going?

How much energy is your home consuming? And where is it going? Home energy monitoring is an industry that has experienced rapid growth over last 5 years but this is a question that many home owners still find themselves asking. Traditionally, home energy management systems can very easily measure the total power consumption of the […]

Mehmet, Bruce and Dan at Automate 2017
By Bruce Ackman: Thursday 13th April, 2017

Reflections on Automate 2017

With a great deal of the popular press discussing the coming robot revolution, my colleagues Mehmet Kaya, Dan Viner and I attended the Automate show at McCormick Place last week in Chicago. This event hosts more than 400 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of technologies designed, developed and sold to help improve productivity, quality and […]

Circular economy
By Catherine Joce: Tuesday 11th April, 2017

Circular economy: corporate buzzword or real opportunity?

Circular economy is the latest buzzword catching the imagination of big businesses such as Google, Unilever, Philips and Nike. A systems thinking approach, circular economy aspires to use resources to their maximum value, keeping them within the economy indefinitely, preferably as whole products rather than materials, and aiming to ‘design out’ waste from the system. […]

Barley
By Stuart Gilby: Monday 10th April, 2017

Hidden greenhouse gases in crops

I read recently that 50% of a loaf of bread’s carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint was due to the amount of fertiliser used in producing the wheat needed to make the loaf. It’s not surprising when you realise that 1% of global energy generated each year is used by a single chemical process – the Haber-Bosch […]

Smart soil sensor
By Niall Mottram: Monday 3rd April, 2017

Doing the same with less

The World AgriTech Innovation Summit is a great event. Start-ups, OEMs, agribusinesses and VCs all rub shoulders for two days with the intention of identifying the next big technology breakthroughs for precision agriculture. This would seem no easy task, after all, each of the entities listed above has different objectives and views on the world […]

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